Tomorrow my friend, Brenda is coming to play. I thought I'd show her that I really have been practicing with my Spectrum Noir pens. I'm a product of water color markers, so trying to teach an old dog new tricks has been an adventure for me. I'm 67 and I'm loving learning something new!
Here's what I've learned so far....I love the vibrancy of my Spectrum Noir pens and I love the price. When I was thinking (and I did so for about a year) about which pens to purchase, Copics or Spectrum, I chose the Spectrum because of the price. In comparing the two brands, I think the ink is the same, both give great color. I've found the Copics have a more brush like tip, and the Spectrum's tips are a bit more stiff. I'm still learning to blend. I think when you come from a water color background you tend to be careful blending so you don't have mush. What I like about the Spectrum pens, you can blend and blend and you don't really get mush. I'm still working on leaving light areas, but I'm feeling more confident about going over the areas more than once.
The bottom line, as one of my co-workers would say, is... The question you need to ask yourself is...what do I want from my pens? There is a learning curve with each, and they both are investments. Both will serve you well. I guess I should add, my comments are what I'm learning, I don't get paid to say anything I've said. It's just me, just sayin!
I really want people to know Copics aren't the only pens on the market, and though the Spectrum Noir pens are less known, the results are equal to the Copics. Spectrum also has tons of videos and PDF tutorials on their blog page. Check them out here. It's a great place to learn. I've got lots to learn, and I guess I should stop yapping and get busy learning.
Have a most wonderful weekend.
Hugs from Northern California
Mary AKA: Glitter Grammy